What We’re Reading: Scotch Whisky Sales Soar, Spoon Drinks Touch Down in Portland, The Ten Highest-Rated Whiskies and More!

December 10th, 2012 — 1:15pm

Scotch Whisky Sales Soar, as Champagne Loses Its Sparkle – The Wall Street Journal

Let’s look at some comparative figures: Champagne sales down 5% in the first nine months of 2012, whereas Scotch Whisky sales were up 12% in the 12 months to the end of June 2012 and are forecast to keep growing at a high rate. Asia accounts for just 5% of Champagne sales, whereas Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea are all in the top ten consumers of Scotch Whisky and demand in India, which is the world’s largest spirits market by volume after China, is soaring. Read More

Gov’ts Booze Reform Sobering Plan – New York Post

The paper says health advisers to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are calling for higher taxes on liquor sales and restrictions on the hours for drinking establishments, among several changes designed to curb teen drinking and binge drinking by adults. The proposals would require approval by the governor, the Legislature and local governments. Read More

Pick Your Poison: Spoon drinks touch down in Portland- Tasting Table

Like the recent trend in updated bottle service, Wise’s spoon drinks are interactive: Guests choose a base spirit and receive a two-ounce pour over ice in a rocks glass with a small spoon. They then choose their weapon from a copper tray laden with flavor agents and sweeteners. You might try doctoring your rum with a few glugs of ginger syrup and a dash or two of cardamom bitters. Read More

For Every Holiday Party, the Right Drink- New York Times

Between now and New Year’s Day, even occasional drinkers will find numerous occasions to lift a glass. Some of these drinks will be out of your control. But there will likely be gatherings where you are the one doing the pouring. The working theory here is that, for every possible event, there is an ideal beverage: something that will match the food, match the company, match the feeling in the air. What follows is an exercise in situational drinking. Some of the beverages suggested are timeless, some are clever new inventions by the nation’s most forward-thinking bartenders. All are designed to impress and to comfort. Read More

Holiday Gift Guide: Tequila & Mezcal – Liquor.com

Just a few years ago, it was pretty tough to find a bar that served tequila and mezcal cocktails when it wasn’t Cinco de Mayo. Fortunately, times have changed and not only are the two spirits now in demand year-round, but there are even a number of fine establishments dedicated to agave-based concoctions exclusively. Read More

2013 Liquor Trends – National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association surveyed professional bartenders, members of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, on which wine, spirits, beer and cocktails will be hot trends on drink menus in 2013. The “What’s Hot in 2013 Alcohol” survey was conducted in the fall of 2012 among nearly 200 bartenders. See p. 7 for more information about the methodology. Read More